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2016

  1. 2 December

    NSW Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Leslie Williams, announces a reparations package worth more than $73 million to Stolen Generations survivors. It includes a $59.5 million administrative scheme offering one-off financial payments of $75,000 to survivors and a $5 million healing fund. He also promised to establish a Stolen Generations advisory committee.

    The NSW Government officially acknowledges the real and heartbreaking trauma caused by historic government policies and practices of removing Aboriginal children from their kin and country. — Leslie Williams, NSW Minister for Aboriginal Affairs [1]

  2. 5 December

    In a rare win for an Aboriginal community, the Federal Court finds police were racist during the 2004 riots on Palm Island. Justice Mortimer found police had contravened the Racial Discrimination Act in their treatment of Aboriginal witnesses, submitting inaccurate information to the coroner, and failing to “communicate effectively” with the community to defuse tensions. Senior Sergeant Hurley should have not remained on the island or on duty.

  3. 13 December

    The SA Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Kyam Maher, announces that the government commits $4.4 million over 5 years towards the establishment of up to 40 treaties across South Australia. This commitment to individualised treaties for Aboriginal communities is different to Victoria's plans for a statewide treaty. The investment also funds the appointment of an independent commissioner for treaty.

    Treaty is an important step towards addressing the wrongs of the past. The fact that so many Aboriginal people to this day face such significant disadvantage remains the greatest stain on our society. — Kyam Maher, South Australian Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation [2]

  4. 15 December

    The Tasmanian government passes into law an amended preamble to the Tasmanian Constitution Act to formally recognise Aboriginal people “as Tasmania’s First People and the traditional and original owners of Tasmanian lands and waters”. Tasmania was the last state that had to amend its constitution in that way.

2017

  1. NITV launches Australia’s first ever Aboriginal animated children’s series, Little J & Big Cuz.

  2. 18 January

    Ken Wyatt is appointed Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health, making him the first Aboriginal federal minister. It makes Mr Wyatt not only the first Aboriginal Australian elected to the House of Representatives and first to the frontbench, but also the first to lead a major portfolio.

  3. 8 February

    The Federal Court rules that Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUA) can only be registered if they are signed by all registered Native Title Claimants who are “named applicants”, replacing a previous court decision that allowed registration without all named applicants having signed the ILUA (called the McGlade decision).

  4. 14 February

    The Co-Chairs of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and prominent Aboriginal leaders from across Australia formally present the Redfern Statement to parliamentary leaders in Canberra.

  5. March

    Hip-hop duo A.B Original (Yorta Yorta man Briggs and Ngarrindjeri man Trials) win the Australian Music Prize (the biggest prize for an album in Australia) with Reclaim Australia.

  6. 3 April

    June Oscar AO, a Bunuba woman from Fitzroy Crossing, WA, starts her 5-year term and becomes the first female Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner of the Australian Human Rights Commission.

  7. 3 April

    UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, presents her preliminary report on the human rights situation of Aboriginal people.

  8. May

    More than 250 Aboriginal leaders from across the country gather at Uluru at the Referendum Council’s National Convention to identify amendments required for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal people. But the government rejects a proposal for a constitutionally enshrined voice to Parliament.

  9. 10 May

    16 Aboriginal nations from across the northern Murray-Darling Basin sign a treaty between themselves, known as the Union of Sovereign First Nations of the Northern Murray-Darling Basin, to have a united voice on Aboriginal issues and more bargaining power and economic opportunities.

  10. 13 May

    Tracey Moffatt (Bedevil) represents Australia at the 57th Venice Biennale (13 May – 26 November), making her the first Aboriginal artist to present a solo exhibition at the event.

  11. 23 May

    Aboriginal leaders from across Australia gather at Uluru from 23–26 May to identify amendments required for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal people, culminating in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. This is probably the first time that Aboriginal people presented a united position and a single key recommendation.

  12. 24 May

    Teenager and Gumbaynggirr woman Aretha Brown is chosen by 60 peers as the first female Aboriginal Youth Prime Minister of Australia at the National Youth Parliament in Canberra. In this role she meets Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Opposition leader Bill Shorten and the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove.

  13. 24 May

    Front side of the coin.
    The front side of the 50-cent coin shows Eddie Mabo's face, the Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal flags and a 1967 referendum campaign poster.

    The Royal Australian Mint issues a special 50-cent coin, "Pride & Passion", to mark the 25th anniversary of the High Court Mabo decision and the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum. Artist and grand-daughter of Eddie Mabo, Boneta-Marie Mabo, helped with the design of the coin. Only 1.4 million coins are minted.

  14. 7 June

    The directors of the Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation (Laynha) based in Yirrkala (North East Arnhem Land, NT) representing many Yolngu clans complain they have received "less services, less funding and less true engagement and consultation" since the intervention and that politicians are not listening to them. They demand self-determination from the government. 

  15. 9 June

    Australia’s peak union body, the Australian Council of Trade Unions, establishes the First Nations Workers’ Alliance (FNWA) to represent participants of the Community Development Programme. (CDP). The CDP employs jobless people in remote Australia at conditions very different to urban areas, and more than 80% of its participants are Aboriginal.

  16. 23 June

    Participants of the Stand Up 2017 conference in Alice Springs (23–26 June) assess the impacts of the decade of racist laws and map a way forward. They demand, among other things, the government repeal the intervention legislation and Aboriginal self-determination.

    Ten years too long. Ten years of hardship, neglect and broken promises. We want Aboriginal control. — Voice from the Yarrentye Arltere (Larapinta Valley) Town Camp [3]

References

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[1] Media Release, Leslie Williams, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, 2/12/2016
[2] 'SA set for Indigenous treaty talks', NITV News 14/12/2016
[3] 'Ten Years Of Intervention – Stand Up 2017 – Standing Up Standing Strong Standing Together', Intervention Rollback Action Group, 29/6/2017

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Korff, J 2019, Timeline results for , <https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/timeline/searchResults?page=43>, retrieved 24 May 2019

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